Basketball

Older and wiser: Portage’s Bryja shines in lead role

Portage Area High School senior Michael Bryja faced a role reversal with the Mustangs basketball team this winter.According to Mustang coach Travis Kargo, Bryja has coped quite well.Last season, Bryja was the youngest starter on a team with four seniors. This winter, as Portage's only senior ...

League finals cap regular season

Next week, the district tournaments get under way, but, for a few schools, the playoff atmosphere gets going early with league and conference championship games.The action actually started already out of the area with Juniata girls beating Susquenita by a point in a special playoff to determine ...

Preparing for District 6 tournament time-consuming

After a one-year apprenticeship under outgoing chairman T.J. Kakabar, Penn Cambria principal Bill Marshall, the former Cambria Heights standout player, has taken over the reins of the District 6 basketball tournament along with Mike Hudak.The Mirror's Philip Cmor caught up with Marshall outside ...

Mirror Fab Five

BOYSDistrict 6-9 Class AAAA/AAATeamRecordLW1. State College12-1032. Hollidaysburg12-613. Somerset16-324. Johnstown16-345. Clearfield17-35District 5-6 Class AATeamRecordLW1. Tyrone18-212. Blairsville16-323. Bellwood-Antis15-5NR4. Penns Valley13-435. Berlin Brothersvalley15-4NRDistrict 5-6 Class ...

This week’s games to watch

BOYSMONDAYBishop McCort at HollidaysburgAfter a lot of games with AAAA teams, Tigers have been playing smaller regional powers.TUESDAYBishop Guilfoyle at AltoonaNeither is having the year they envisioned, but that shouldn't keep teams from being up for this game.Cambria Heights at Central ...

Lady Marauders avenge loss to Carroll

With appearances in conference championship games on the line and the district playoffs on the very near horizon, this is the portion of the high school basketball season in which intangibles like focus, discipline and intensity take on increased importance.Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School ...

Everett rebounds

EVERETT - The Everett girls basketball team had a rare opportunity Saturday afternoon: a quick opportunity to bounce back against Tussey Mountain.In what was a defensive affair, the Lady Warriors got the split, beating the Lady Titans, 37-33, in an Inter-County Conference South Division and ...

Altoona comes up just short again

The Altoona girls basketball team appeared to be on its way to pulling off an upset over Mercyhurst Prep after the third quarter Saturday night.The Lady Lions couldn't finish the job against the No. 8 team in the state in Class AAA, according to PennLive.com.Following a pair of free throws by ...

Bellwood trounces Trojans

MOUNT UNION - Leading by just two at halftime, Bellwood-Antis outscored Mount Union 29-2 in the third quarter en route to a 81-39 victory over the Lady Trojans in high school girls basketball Saturday.Ana Hollen had 27 points and nine steals, and Karson Swogger also scored 27 points for the ...

Tigers bounce back

HUNTINGDON - Hollidaysburg boys basketball coach Brad Lear wasn't quite over the loss to State College Friday but saw that his team moved past it and played a whole lot better Saturday afternoon.The Golden Tigers played tough on defense, dominated the boards and put away Huntingdon, 69-40."I ...

Tyrone clinches ML title

WINGATE - Tyrone netted 14 3-pointers to help complete a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Bald Eagle Area, 78-75, and claim the Mountain League title Friday night in high school boys basketball.Nathaniel Soellner made five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points for Tyrone, as the ...

BG’s woes continue with loss to Rangers

Even a senior night celebration couldn't lift Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic out of its second half of the season swoon Friday night.The cold-shooting Marauders lost for the eighth time in their last nine games, falling to Forest Hills, 54-47, at the Pleasant Valley gym."It's a most-frustrating ...

Holsinger, Red Devils keep Panthers at bay

EBENSBURG - The Central Cambria boys got rolling early and withstood Penn Cambria's late blows to beat the Panthers, 55-39, on the Red Devils' senior night Friday night in Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Section 1 action.Freshman Matt Holsinger paced Central Cambria (12-7, 6-4 LHAC Section ...

Engle scores 28 in Tyrone win

TYRONE - Kasey Engle connected on eight 3-pointers en route to scoring 28 points as Tyrone topped Bald Eagle Area, 59-34, Friday night in high school girls basketball.The Lady Eagles improved to 17-4 overall and 12-1 in the Mountain League.BALD EAGLE AREA (34): Giedroc 3 0-1 7, J. Cingle 3 0-0 ...

Portage girls end with 18-2 record

PORTAGE - The Portage junior high girls basketball team finished its season Friday afternoon at 18-2, thanks to a 46-32 win over Conemaugh Township.The WestPAC champs got 14 points from Hannah Papcun and 11 from Kara Dividock.CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP (32): Nail 10, Roman 10, Hoffman 2, College 8, ...

Tigers’ win streak ends on the road

By Matt BortnerFor the MirrorSTATE COLLEGE - Coming into Friday night's matchup at State College High School, Brad Lear's Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers had not lost in their last five games, all against teams with a winning record.The State College Little Lions would not let that streak continue ...

Altoona pushes No. 5 Panthers in setback

Another night, another moral victory for the Altoona girls basketball team.The Lady Lions forced two Central Dauphin East players, including 6-foot-1 Brittany Robinson, to foul out early and trailed by just six points with 3:19 to play but ran out of time in a 51-44 loss to the state-ranked ...

Leamer leads Lady Devils to rout of Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG - Kelly Leamer scored 23 points to help lead Bellwood-Antis past Williamsburg, 79-41, in high school girls basketball Thursday.Karson Swogger added 16 points and Ana Hollen 15 for the Lady Blue Devils. Madison Detwiler led Williamsburg with 21 points.BELLWOOD-ANTIS (79): Swogger 7 ...

Tyrone outlasts Central Mountain

MILL HALL - Tyrone outscored Central Mountain, 17-6, in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 50-43 victory Thursday night in high school boys basketball.Nathaniel Soellner led the winners with 24 points, including a 10-for-10 showing from the foul line. He was 8-for-8 from the line in the ...

Corl shines for Altoona

By Jim LaneFor the MirrorBobby Corl admits he does better coming off the bench."I get nervous when I start," Corl said. "If the team is down, I can give them a boost when I come in."Corl provided the Altoona Mountain Lions with a big boost Thursday night when he threw in the deciding basket ...